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FOX News
Nov 1, 2013 3:00pm PDT
kathleen sebelius' department, and issa today demanded to know then why a parade of top officials from jay carney to sebelius and one of her top deputies have refused to turn over the real enrollment figures. >> marilyn told us she doesn't have numbers. i'm sorry, but if you spend $600 million on your signature legislation and you have internal numbers and you're not willing to give external numbers, what you're doing is the kind of propaganda that this administration has done since day one. >> presidents aides have pledged to start revealing numbers at the end of october. they say it will take a couple weeks to nail down the details. >> why don't you at least put out a reasonable preliminary number and show us some transparency. show thepublic where we are. >> we are going to give you a reasonable, accurate number, as we promised we would, on a monthly basis, consistent with the data released that you see for other programs. and the focus here -- you know, for understandable reasons, i guess, is on, you know, how low the number might be. >> carney said while republicans want to focus on t
FOX Business
Nov 1, 2013 10:00pm EDT
story i said demanded to know why a parade of tp officials including kathleen sebelius did not give the information. >> if you have internal numbers and you're not willing to hear extra numbers, you are doing the kind of propaganda that this administration has done since day one. reporter: they say it will take a couple of weeks to nail down the details. >> why don't you put out a reasonable preliminary number and show us some transparency. >> we have a reasonable and accurate number as we promised we would on a monthly basis, consistent with the data release that you see other programs. the focus here is understandable on how low the number might be. reporter: jay carney said the republicans want to focus on the bad news and that democrats knew that would be slow at first but would pick up over time. the pressure to be transparent as coming from long time supporters of the affordable care act blasted the broader rollout with cnbc. >> and is off the rails and i think what the country needs right now is honesty and transparency and truth about what is really going on. reporter: oddly
FOX News
Nov 6, 2013 3:00pm PST
tonight. mike emanuel looks at kathleen sebelius on capitol hill again today. carl cameron on how obama care impacted last night's elections and how the gop plans to capitalize on it. but we begin with chief white house correspondent ed henry on that unexpected and pretty long meeting for this white house. hi, ed. >> reporter: good evening. a democratic source tells me tonight that some of the senators in this meeting with the president floated the idea of a delay of up to one year for enrollment in fines. the president did not agree to that. but i'm told these senators felt it was a constructive meeting. he listened. the big question now is, is there going to be a delay of a few months or something like that? president obama conferred late today with michael bennett just moments after they wrapped up a dramatic closed-door meeting with 15 senate democrats facing the voters in 2014 who are nervous that anger over obama care will knock them out of office. one democratic source familiar with the meeting told fox it was feisty because, quote, candidly, a lot of pent-up frustration among se
FOX News
Nov 9, 2013 2:00pm PST
to respond to this spot.ang this is the president talking about is kathleen sebelius. listen to this answer to her performance. >> i think kathleen sebelius under trough men losly difficult difficult -- trough tremendously difficult circumstances has done a great job setting up the insurance market so there is a good product out there for peopleup to get. kathleen sebelius does not write code and was not the i.t. person. ultimately the buck stops with me. i am the president. this is my team. if it is not working, it is my job to get it fixed.s wi >> does that sound likem. accountability. >> this never happens withat anybody that has experience in the private sector. what you are dealing with right now is bureaucrats trying to run a business. the customer is always right. you never blame the customer. here politicians andctor bureaucrats, they have the power of government behindr them. the idea that you matter as an individual is false.reau you can call something a sub of standard plan which dismissesth your right to choose. behind all of this which is really the story here is the threat of
MSNBC
Nov 7, 2013 3:00pm PST
. >> still have full confidence in kathleen sebelius? >> i think kathleen sebelius under tremendously difficult circumstances over the last four and a half years has done a great job in setting up the insurance markets. there's a good product out there for people to get. she wasn't our i.t. person. i think she'd be the first to admit that if we had to do it all over again, that there would have been a whole lot of questions asked in terms of how this thing was working. but my priority right now is to get it fixed. and ultimately -- >> is she still the right person to do it? >> ultimately the buck stops with me. i'm the president. this is my team. if it's not working, it's my job to get it fixed. >> to discuss the interview, joining me now are congressman emanuel cleaver and ryan grim from the "huffington post." >> good to be with you, reverend. >> congressman, the president says his job is to get it fixed. what's your reaction? >> i think the president set the right tone. he was not argument or backing away from responsibility. and i think the greatest challenge to anyone when somethi
CNN
Nov 7, 2013 3:00am PST
of the month. that would be the headline except a new problem seems to have come up as kathleen sebelius returned to capitol hill for yet another grilling, this time a security risk to users. breanna keeler is following developments, live at the white house this morning. >> reporter: it was another damaging appearance on the hill for hhs secretary kathleen sebelius. as president obama headed to the lone star state, that's right, but not a coincidence that he was in texas where a republican governor has blocked the expansion of medicaid under the obama care law. >> it is wonderful to see all of you. >> reporter: texas, not exactly friendly territory for obama care. but that's where president obama went to criticize republican opposition to his signature health care reform program. and promised its faulty website will soon be up and running. >> we are working overtime to get this fixed. and the website is already better than it was at the beginning of october. and by the end of this month we anticipate it is going to be working the way it is supposed to. >> reporter: back in the hot seat a
FOX Business
Nov 2, 2013 4:00am EDT
kathleen sebelius being grilled by congress. are you empathetic or -- what are your emotions? >> i did have some sympathetic pains. a person who has been in that chair. it is a demanding place for anyone to be in front of the energy and commerce oversight committee for three hours under oath is a delicate and difficult thing, but it is the process. and so i recognize that. lou: does it ease the pain and it when you hear an outrageously, i think, comparisons to the rollout of the medicare part b program that you headed that to the absolute disaster that is obamacare? >> the difference was we fix the system, and it turned that to be something that people both enjoy, i appreciate, and value. the jury is still very much doubt on how this will resolve itself. they are correct to say that there were problems in the early days. we expected that there would be, but we went straight forward and said we will find them, fix them, make the system work, and we did. we will find out in the next few weeks whether the obama administration succeeds at the same thing. we will know in march with are not -- ho
MSNBC
Nov 8, 2013 10:00am PST
one from joe biden and kathleen sebelius and miss tavenner, the head of the centers for medicare and medicaid. so there have been a lot of apologies. the one that needed to come was the president's politically, at least. on the legislation, an administrative fix is really what they need to get here. democrats, even those with legislation would be happy to have this taken care of administrative administratively. they have done what they needed to do. told constituents we heard you, legislation, take credit for pressuring the president himself to come and do something about it. it was a statement he made in four or five years ago that didn't have to be made, could have been couched. at the time seemed like the right thing to do because memories were long of the clinton's attempt to reform health hurns and people thought they would lose policies. >> jackie you made news, piece addressing administration to cover care for mental health and adick the same way they do medical and physical illnesses. can you give us a sense of the siblgts here, just how important it is. it relates and go
FOX News
Nov 8, 2013 2:00pm PST
kathleen sebelius. listen to this kind of haphazard answer about her performance. >> i think kathleen sebelius under difficult circumstances has done a great job in setting up the insurance markets so that there is a good product out there the for people to get. kathleen sebelius doesn't write code. she wasn't our i.t. person. ultimately the buck stops with me. i'm the president. this is my team. if it's not working, it's my job to get it fixed. >> does that sort of sound like accountability? >> this never happens with anybody who has any experience in the private sector. what you're dealing with right now, you're watching bureaucrats trying to run a business. in the private sector, the customer is always right. you never blame the customer. here, politicians, bureaucrats, they have the power of government behind you. the idea you actually matter as an individual is false. you can call something a substandard plan which dismisses your right to choose. behind all of this, which is really the story here, is the threat of force. if there was no threat of force behind obama care through t
PBS
Nov 1, 2013 3:00pm PDT
you have to secretary of health and human services kathleen sebelius on the hill. the woman who's in charge of the medicare/medicaid agencies. they're accepting responsibility but the problems just -- just doesn't steam go away. not only not go away it seems to get bigger. >> you can say this week that john kerry and -- to some degree but kathleen sebelius, secretary of health and human services, took one for the team. in full disclosure, i manage kathleen sebelius' father campaign, winning campaign for governor of ohio 43 years ago and i've known her so i don't pretend to -- total objectivity. but, i mean, it was refreshing to hear somebody stand up and say "i'm accountable, i'm responsible." i mean, that's a song you don't hear very often in washington "call me responsible." but you're right, the problems continue. they're compounded and -- by the fact than the president's statement that nobody would have to give up his or her existing insurance, that has been totally contradicted. he was wrong. he was misleading. and that's a time when you need the president to be the most cr
FOX News
Nov 9, 2013 1:00am PST
ability kathleen sa automobileioautomobilbailious. listen to this. >> i think kathleen sebelius under tremendously difficult circumstances over the past four years has done a great job in setting up the insurance markets so there is a good product out there for people to get. kathleen sebelius doesn't write code. ultimately, the buck stops with me. i'm the president. this is my team. if it's not working, it's my job to get it fixed. >> does that sort of sound like accountability? >> it's never happened with anybody who had experience in the private sector. >> you are watching bureaucrats in the private sector. never blame the customer. here, politicians, bureaucrats, they have the power behind them. the idea that you matter is false. you can call something a substandard plan. behind all this -- the threat of force. if there's no threat of force behind the policing of the irs, we could laugh at this and forget about it and go on with our lives and figure it out for ourselves. we can't do that. we could be arrested. no, no. we can't say screw this. what if you don't pay the penalty? the
MSNBC
Nov 8, 2013 11:00am PST
, kathleen sebelius is also on the road today. earlier today in atlanta, sebelius acknowledged problems once again with the affordable care act's online marketplace without backing down. >> we have had inexcusable technology problems with healthcare.gov. we are making progress towards fixing them but the new law is more than a website. >> meanwhile, back in washington, a group of republican senators, there they are, calling for sebelius to be fired. all the way to the gulf coast the president's staff once again assuring reporters quote, nothing has changed. nothing has changed in the president's full confidence and secretary sebelius' ability. the comments come on the heels of that exclusive interview that president obama gave chuck todd late thursday. he took blame for the website's failures and also apologized to americans whose insurance has been canceled. >> still the right person to do it? >> ultimately the buck stops with me. i'm the president. this is my team. if it's not working, it's my job to get it fixed. i am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assur
MSNBC
Nov 8, 2013 9:00am EST
access. >> kathleen sebelius? >> under tremendously difficult circumstances over the last 4 1/2 years has done a great job in setting up the insurance market so that there is a good product for people to get. kathleen sebelius doesn't like code. she was not our it person. she would be the first to admit that if we had to do it all over again, there would have been a whole lot more questions asked in terms of how this thing is working. my priority right now is to get it fixed. ultimately -- >> she is still the right person? >> ultimately the buck stops with me. i'm the president and this is my team. if it's not working it's my job to get it fixed. >> a lot more and other issues throughout the hour. i have to sneak in a break, but they would allow plans that existed on the individual market as of this year to stay in effect through 2014. he responded to the president in the following statement. an apology is certainly an order, but what americans want to hear is that the president will keep his promise. the president is sincerely sorry he misled the american people, the least he can do is s
FOX News
Nov 1, 2013 5:00pm PDT
. recent "saturday night live" skit mocking health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius was spot on. >> millions of americans are visiting healthcare.gov, which is great news. unfortunately the site was only designed to handle six users at a time. [ laughter ] >> in total, 248 people enrolled in obama care nationwide by the end of day two according to an internal obama administration memo obtained by that oversight committee. adding to the list of white house whos is the fact that the vast majority of those signing up on state exchanges are signing up for medicaid while a much smaller number are signing up for private insurance, the administration says it will release official enrollment numbers in mid november, but, if the numbers are as bad as these reports suggest, what will the president do? joining me now to react from washington, d.c., democrat strategist julian epstein. julian, six? you couldn't make this up. if i had said six, they would call me crazy, racist, who know what is they would call me. six. >> i'm the first to acknowledge that there have been a lot of problems
FOX News
Nov 6, 2013 7:00pm PST
two. health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius went before lawmakers today where she was grilled by senators about the disastrous obama care rollout. they held her feet to the fire. ♪ >> in the last five weeks, access to health care.gov has been a frustrating experience. >> it is simply inexcusable that the members of this committee were not told earlier that these problems were occurring. >> people are angry. millions of americans are scared. >> you have been misleading the american people. the president has. over and over again. >> we know lying to congress is a crime. unfortunately, lying to the american people is not. >> more people are losing their insurance than are signing up on the website. they are being directed to a website that doesn't even work. >> i want you to burn their fingers and make them pay. >> it's impossible to do something in this administration that gets you fired. it's impossible. >> we made a promise to ensure no one ever went broke just because they got sick. you, madam secretary, must make good on that promise. >> you have said america s
MSNBC
Nov 1, 2013 8:00am PDT
picture of a keg. >> that was republican congressman grilling kathleen sebelius this week. he was referring to an ad campaign. this features a college student doing a keg stand captioned don't tap into that beer money to cover your medical bills. joining me is adam fox, director of the strategic management for the colorado consumer health initiative. adam, it's good to have you here. what was your reaction when that happened on capitol hill? when the congressman was trying to get kathleen sebelius to either give her approval or disapproval of this style of ad? >> well, you know, i don't think -- it really doesn't have anything to do with the secretary, because it wasn't coming from colorado's state-based marketplace much less the federal marketplace. so she really had no idea that this was going to be happening. this was really something that we were doing to try to raise awareness among young adults. >> all right. so connect for health colorado says 3,164 people enrolled as of october 29th. explain to us the campaign and the minds behind this. obviously you look like a young
MSNBC
Nov 7, 2013 7:00pm PST
. >> still have full confidence in kathleen sebelius? >> i think she under tremendous ly difficult circumstances over the last 4 1/2 years has done a great job in setting up the insurance markets so there is a good product out there for people to get. kathleen sebelius doesn't write code, she wasn't our i.t. person. i think she would be the first to admit that if we had to do it all over again that there would have been a whole lot more questions that were asked in terms of how this thing is working. but my priority right now is to get it fixed. and -- you know ultimately. >> is she still the right person to do ido. >> buck stops with me. it's my team. >> alex wagner, joy reid, and steve, here to analyze what the president had to say about health care. later for the first time we hear president obama talk about whether or not he wanted to drop joe biden as his runningmate in favor of hillary clinton? and placed it in his factory for all to see. ♪ four simple words where the meaning has never been lost. the challenge always accepted. and the calling forever answered. ♪ introduci
CSPAN
Nov 1, 2013 7:00am EDT
. and is not just democratic republican. host: thank you. kathleen sebelius was on capitol hill this week. here is a portion. >> in these early weeks, access to healthcare.gov has been a miserably frustrating experience for many americans. this includes many who have waited years, in some cases their entire lives, for the protection of health insurance. i am as frustrated as anyone with the flop launch of healthcare.gov. let me say directly to these americans, you deserve at her. i apologize. you forountable to fixing these problems. i'm committed to earning your confidence back to fixing the site. night andking day and we will continue until it is fixed. host: and from the washington times this morning, the senate panel imposes new restrictions. the committee voted thursday to officially conduct term the nsa's ability to collect information. it imposes new restrictions on federal authorities who want to sift through the data. the 11-4 vote marks the first time that any part of congress has approved table records collection. that was a closely held secret until edward snowden leaked details ear
ABC
Nov 7, 2013 4:00am PST
senators up for re-election next year. on capitol hill, health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius, faced more tough questions from republicans and democrats. >> why not shut it down and do it right? >> no more caveats. no more excuses. no more spin. just give us the truth. >> reporter: sebelius pledges to fix healthcare.gov by november 30th. but warned initial enrollment numbers will be low. >> i'm hoping with the site improvement we'll see more robust numbers. >> reporter: in another twist, the official who managed the government office who created the troubled website, plans to step down next week. diana and john? >> tahman bradley, live in washington. thank you. >>> the military also under scrutiny for the way it handles sexual assault within its ranks. 46 senators are now backing a bill to move prosecution of the attacks outside of the military chain of command. top commanders insist they should be allowed to police their own ranks. statistics show 26,000 sexual assaults in the military last year alone. two-thirds of the victims don't report them. >>> and new this mor
NBC
Nov 1, 2013 5:30pm PDT
sketch and parody of health secretary kathleen sebelius. she said the website was only designed to handle six users at a time and it got a laugh on saturday night. then figures came out released by republicans yesterday showing only six americans actually did sign up during the website's entire first day of operations. the obama administration fought back today. they said those figures are not official. they say the pace of enrollment will pick up and new numbers will be released later this month. >>> a story from medicine making news tonight. the march of dimes says premature births in the u.s. have fallen to a 15-year low, mostly because of better health, better health care. but sadly the u.s. still ranks worst among the nations in the developing world. >>> and a man who has always dispensed medical care his way has retired. there may never be anyone like dr. russell donor of rushville, illinois. we profiled him last year in our "making a difference" segment. he was called the $5 doctor locally. because that's all he ever charged for an office visit. he is ending his practice and his cl
Al Jazeera America
Nov 1, 2013 7:00am EDT
for health and how many services secretary kathleen sebelius to be fired. >> she shouldn't be there. >> he is demanding numbers on enrollment numbers throughing a subpoena. in a statement, he said: >> secretary sebelius maintains the facts and physician aren't reliable because the site hasn't been functioning properly and that is no why she has not provided the information. she insists the numbers will be released by mid november. the administration set a goal to enroll 7 million people by march 1. >> keep in mind, 250 people in the first two days doesn't add up. >> the math definitely doesn't add up. when we did the math, they need to be doing 40,000 h 40,000 enrs to hit the mark, still, sebelius is saying the site is up and running, and they are accepting applications, although slowly. >> that's a big gap. >> indeed. brightest minds from top technology companies are being brought in to help fix the site. the obama administration is recruiting to help fix the exchange. they are arriving just in time here. the announcement came thursday after the site had been down for a day and a half. >>
CSPAN
Nov 1, 2013 2:00pm EDT
on the implementation of the affordable care act and the healthcare.gov website. halfling sebelius testified -- kathleen sebelius does divide on wednesday and apologized for the flaws of the website as it was launched october 1. >> thank you. members of the committee, i left my position as governor of kansas for the opportunity to continue the work i've been doing for most of my over 35 years of public service to expand opportunities for all americans, gardens of geography or gender or income to have affordable health coverage. during my years as a state is a governor, a two-term i have worked on that effort that i care deeply about. there are still millions of americans who are uninsured as well as underinsured. forle have some coverage some illness, but had no real protection from financial ruin and no confidence he will take care of themselves and their families if they have an accident or an illness. and for them a new day has finally come. in these early weeks, access to healthcare.gov has been miserably frustrating experience for way too many americans. including many who have waiting sometimes th
CBS
Nov 7, 2013 7:00am PST
another rough day for health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius. >> access to healthcare.gov has miserably frustrating experience. i'm focused on fixing it. >> even democrats focused on a new website before month's end. >> it's a two way street. tell us what's going on fully. >> senate republicans siting months of ignored questions about potential problems and the possibility of insurance policy cancellations were more blunt. >> the only thing i can conclude is that it's impossible to do something in this administration is that gets you fired. >> democrat bill nelson demanded sebelius punish website designers. >> i want you to burn their fingers and make them pay for not being responsible. >> but most of team obama care remains in place. the president's approval rating hovers in the low 40s. rivals george w. bush at the same stage of his presidency and right after hurricane katrina that. >> i need to be a doctor. >> hey do you have that obama care? >> oh what's that? >> it's great. >> carrie underwood and brad paisley at the country music a wards mocke
CBS
Nov 7, 2013 7:00am EST
and unacceptable. yesterday the secretary of health and human services kathleen sebelius testified before the senate committee and tried to address some of those democratic concerns. >> while we don't have the fully functioning system yet that consumers need and deserve, we do have a plan in place to identify, pryorioritizeprioritize and manage the remaining fixes across the system. >> what we've receive the past week or so with more and more democrats coming out and trying to distance themselves not from the health care law itself which they all by and large still support, but from the way the website was rolled out and the way that the administration has handled the fallout from that. here's why democrats have concern. if you look at cbs exit polling from the virginia governor's race on tuesday, 53% of voters in that state said that they oppose the health care law and ken cuccinelli the republican won 81% of those voters. now, he still lost the race norah, charlie, and gayle, but not by as much as everyone expected. just two points. >> nancy cordes thank you.
FOX
Nov 7, 2013 7:00am EST
came afternoon another rough day for congress's health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius. >> access to healthcare.gov has been a missably frustrating experience. it is not acceptable. i am know wassed or fixing it. >> even a friendly group want it to work. >> it's a two-way street. you have to tell us candidly what's going on. >> yes. >> ignoring questionsing the potential website problems and the possibility of insurance policy cancellations were more blunt. >> the only thing i can conclude is that it's impossible to do something in this administration that gets you fired. >> i want you to burn their fingers and make them pay for not being responsible. >> but most of team obama care remains in place. the president's approval rating now hovers in the low 40s and rivals george w. bush's at the same stage of his presidency and right after her hurricane katrina. >> i think i need to see a doctor. >> hey, you do have that obama care? >> obama care? what's that that oh, it's great. >> still, carrie underwood and brad paisley at the country music awards mocked on care to the tu
CNN
Nov 1, 2013 2:00am PDT
the site crashed two times this week. kathleen sebelius said the website has cost $174 million so far and more probably to fix it. >>> starting today $5 billion is cut from the food stamp program. that means less grocery money for millions. the cuts will vary by family but this is typically a family of four getting 668 a month would lose about $36. food stamp benefits were raised during the recession and temporary increase to the program and that expires today. in 2007, 26 million people were using snap as they call it, supplemental food benefits and compared that to almost 48 million now. 15% of the american population is using government assistance to help feed their family. $36 a month is going to hurt some people. people who work for food banks are upset about these cuts. others say this was meant to be a temporary measure and that temporary measure is now over. you'll hear more about that. >>> are you -- when you fly, are you going to be irritating with your devices now you're able to use them or a good citizen? >> i'm always a good citizen. >> i'm so glad nobody can chat on thei
MSNBC
Nov 13, 2013 4:00pm PST
there was no integrated security testing before the launch. >> by the way, kathleen sebelius has testified there is no way a hacker could steal your social security number from this site. meanwhile, issa was denounced for his attacks on the health care law. >> house republicans shut down the entire federal government for three weeks in october. three weeks. shut down the government. they threatened to default on our national debts unless we repealed the affordable care act. now they're attempting to use the congressional oversight process to scare americans away from the website. nobody in this room, nobody in this country believes that republicans want to fix the website. for the past three years the number one priority of congressional republicans has been to bring down this law. and that goal, ladies and gentlemen, has not changed. >> congressman cummings joins us. when you sit with those people like your chairman of that committee, what do you sense is his game plan? is it cheap publicity? or is it actually into scaring so many people from participating in the program that he can help kill the success
MSNBC
Nov 2, 2013 4:00am PDT
, how is this playing out, juana? >> kathleen sebelius testifying on capitol hill about rollouts, problems. i look forward to seeing just how have they press it. more congressional hearings certainly to come. a lot of theory on this straight ahead. >> i was up in pennsylvania yesterday with matt cartwright talking to voters about it. he shared a lot of information and honesty with them. it seemed to work. fewer showed up who said, i learned a few things. i may not like the law but i appreciate that he showed up and explained some is things. maybe it shows public support at least in those areas of the countriment they will spend the week attack it as well. >> we had a pretty lengthy conversation as well. so i agree. juana and ed, thanks so much. >> take care. >>> frightening video shot by tmz. authorities say a gunman opened fire at a security checkpoint. miguel almagare has the latest. >> we know the suspect has been identified as 23-year-old paul ciancia. he entered inside terminal 3 behind me and opened fire, killing a tsa agent, injuring at least seven others, before he himsel
MSNBC
Nov 8, 2013 8:00am PST
president obama last night if he had full confidence in sebelius, this was his answer. >> i think kathleen sebelius under tremendously difficult circumstances over the last four and a half years has done a great job in setting up the insurance markets. >> is she still the right person to do it? >> ultimately the buck stops with me. i'm the president. this is my team. if it's not working, it's my job to get it fixed. >> joining me now, msnbc political director and chief white house correspondent chuck todd, msnbc political analyst and former rnc chair, michael steele, and democratic strategist kiki mclean. chuck, great interview, let's start with you. during that interview that you had with the president yesterday, completing this trifecta from the white house, speaker boehner says an apology is in order but what americans want to hear is that the president is going to keep his promise. republicans ask what does somebody have to do to get fired around here. ten republican senators have asked president obama to fire secretary sebelius. what's your thought here after that conversation. will f
CNN
Nov 29, 2013 2:00pm PST
kathleen sebelius is urging customers to shop healthcare.gov at off-peak hours, that would be mornings, evenings and weekends, and the idea of course is not to overwhelm that site. withering criticism of the initial rollout of healthcare.gov has intensified the pressure on the administration to get this fix right for saturday. the white house hopes it can do that, at least for the vast majority of users. >> and this website is going to get fixed. >> reporter: healthcare.gov opened for business october 1st and it's been a disastrous two months. the site crashed, unable to cope with people trying to sign up. small businesses still won't be able to use the site for another year. insurance industry insiders tell cnn some customers' personal data is getting mangled or even lost. the white house says the site will be able to handle 50,000 users at one time, but they admit there will be times after saturday when healthcare.gov does not function properly, and they're bracing for another possible huge surge in volume that could force some people into virtual waiting lines for call-backs. offici
CNN
Nov 7, 2013 6:00am PST
kathleen sebelius testified before a senate committee, conceding not many people have signed up. >> early enrollment be ins are going to be very low. >> reporter: republicans questioned the security of healthcare.gov and the screening of so-called navigators who help people enroll. >> so a convicted felon could be a navigator and could acquire sensitive personal information from an individual unbeknownst to them? >> that is possible. we have contracts with the organizations, and they have taken the responsibility to screen their individual navigators and make sure that they are sufficiently trained for the job. >> reporter: but it was this. >> why not shut down and do it right? >> reporter: criticism from chairman max baucus who voted for obama care that may have stung the most. for congressional democrats facing re-election next year, obama care has become a political liability. president obama invited 15 of them to the white house wednesday afternoon to address their concerns. meanwhile, the fallout from the messy rollout seeing its first casualty. the chief information officer for the
ABC
Nov 7, 2013 1:40am PST
: secretary kathleen sebelius promised congress the affordable care website will work better. pat roberts says his kansas voters are losing more than they'll gain with the new law. >> in fact, more people are losing their insurance than are signing up on the website. >> reporter: the health and human services secretary says many losing their policies wind up getting a better deal with the affordable care act and with tax subsidies will pay less. she's admitted registering and applying on line hasn't worked well yet. t healthcare.gov has been a miserably frustrating experience for far too many of these for far nacceptable.these i am focused on fixing it. >> reporter: not good enough for angry republican s who accused her of misleading americans about the program. senator demandihe resign. the say staff oun he's leaving his post focus direct enrollment t cons experience and those upgrades s between now and the end of noveer. andfield, abc news, washington. >> seems sometimes vice president biden just can't get it right. case in point, biden put in a call to congratulate the new mayor of boston
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